Hillary 2024? At the very least, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is upping her profile quite a bit.
According to a Thursday report by CNBC, sources say former presidential nominee and Obama-era secretary of state Hillary Clinton will speak at next week’s New York State Democratic Party Convention.
The speech comes as rumors of Hillary as a backstop candidate if President Joe Biden falters and Vice President Kamala Harris is considered too toxic continue to swirl.
Clinton will deliver the speech at the Times Square Sheraton in front of state party leaders. Clinton represented New York in the Senate from 2001 to 2009.
CNBC’s Brian Schwartz noted the speech comes as Hillary “works to maintain relevance in a party that could be headed for defeat in this year’s midterm elections.”
However, it also comes a month after two top Clinton allies, Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein, wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal suggesting she make another run at the White House.
“She is already in an advantageous position to become the 2024 Democratic nominee. She is an experienced national figure who is younger than Mr. Biden and can offer a different approach from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking,” they wrote.
“If Democrats lose control of Congress in 2022, Mrs. Clinton can use the party’s loss as a basis to run for president again, enabling her to claim the title of ‘change candidate.'”
One of the sources who confirmed her appearance at the New York State Democratic Party Convention seemed to echo these statements.
“She’s beloved by the mainstream members of the Democratic Party and her popularity is likely higher than that of President Biden,” the unnamed source said.
“It’s good for her because it keeps her relevant and her appearance is likely meant to galvanize the party and the audience.”
Clinton’s camp wouldn’t confirm the speech, nor would the chair of the New York State Democratic Party.
However, the chair’s chief of staff didn’t deny Hillary would be appearing.
“We’ve reached out to a number of people to speak and, you know, we’re waiting back on confirmation from a number of people. So there are a few things in the works,” Chris Melnyczuk told CNBC.
“We’ve reached out to a number of folks, we’re not going to say who we’ve reached out to.”
Clinton, 74, has kept up a high profile — and hasn’t been particularly supportive of the Biden administration or the left wing of the Democratic Party in her remarks.
“I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win,” she told NBC in December.
“I understand why people want to argue for their priorities. That’s what they believe they were elected to do.”
She also cast doubt on the White House’s competency in the interview: “It means nothing if we don’t have a Congress that will get things done, and we don’t have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive,” she said.